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Joomlashack has updated its popular template tutorial to 1.5!

This huge guide has been updated to the latest version, Joomla 1.5, Release Candidate 2. This guide takes you through making 4 incremental templates and includes the following topics:

ITIdiotsIf you are curious about the new version of Joomla (1.5), then you should nip over to itidiots.com and check out the training video they've just published. It walks you through some basic steps in getting a site up and running. It's informative and even a little funny.

You may have noticed some new features here at the shack. We have gone bloggy!

As well as working on some information all about the Shack Team, each of us, Barrie, Casey, Waseem, Dean, Cory and TJ will be blogging about different things that interest them in the world wide Joomla web. We have added easy links to each blog in a menu on the left, along with the most recent blog posts.

 We look forward to seeing you exploring the new blogs, as ever, our goal is to provide quality Joomla inofrmation and Services.

The Joomlashack Team

Rochen HostingIf you're a frequent user here at joomlashack you may have noticed our server was performing rather slowly and sometimes not at all for the past few days. Those days are over now. Thanks to Brad Baker and Chris Adams of Rochen, we are back on track with a lighting fast system in a brand new home right next door to Joomla!
Rochen Engineered Hosting is the same great company that houses the websites at joomla.org and we're proud to support them. Thanks for bearing with us while we migrated over. We hope this didn't set anyone back. You can now browse this site with better speed and reliability.

Written by Paola Gómez

We are pleased to annouce that Joomlashack has reached 10,000 users!

Reaching this milestone is a good time for us to reflect on our progress in serving the Joomla community. In 2006, we have sold over 2000 templates, created over 30 custom websites and have hundreds of glowing testimonials. We have developed an active community on our forums with over 2000 posts, many of which spend time helping out others new to Joomla. In April we implemented our new online store with the functionality to introduce many exciting new products including our popular Template Monster Joomlafication! We have many other exciting product releases for Joomla over the next few months, stay tuned.

We would like to thank our customer community for your support and business. We are motivated by the feedback you give us and will continue to improve our products, services and support to be your #1 choice for Joomla templates and website design.

Written by Paola Gómez

Joomlashack has been featured on the Joomla design showcase site joomlaform.com. Corey Webb searches out Joomla sites that show good form and showcases them as inspiration of what can be done with CSS design and Joomla. "The reason that I chose to feature this site is because it clearly exhibited good form" says Corey. Check out the review at joomlaform.com.

Thanks Corey! We appreciate the praise, your project hopefully will push Joomla designers to work harder with CSS and valid XHTML design.

Written by Paola Gómez

Important Announcement Below:
All new and returning users please read. Thank you.

Welcome back to Joomlashack!

If you're a returning user, you'll notice things look a bit different. This is just part of our latest relaunch which includes some added FAQ's, a knowledgebase, screencasts and a few more tutorials (all of which we're going to be updating over the next few days). Aside from that, we have some more structural changes designed to make your visit more functional in terms of support and purchasing.

Please read more to familiarize yourself with these changes.

Written by Paola Gómez

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Struggling to set up a School Joomla website? Get a complete  responsive and multilingual website specifically designed for schools with 7 top extensions installed and configured. 

School Websites need to be content rich, easily managed, and constantly updated. For that reason, since the launch of the Joomla project in 2005 school website admins have found a perfect fit with Joomla as a CMS. So a preconfigured, diagrammed, and structured school website packet makes perfect sense and saves the developer hours and hours of development and tweaking. 

This is why back in 2007 we introduced the first Shack Pack for Schools

We are pleased to introduce the Joomlashack Shack Pack for Schools v3

We are very excited to have updated this great product. We hope to help beginners and intermediates (or busy people) build a new School Website or bring their existing one up to date. 

Written by Eddie Tabush

Dictionary.com defines jargon like this:

1. jargon: -noun, the language, esp. the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group: medical jargon.

It also defines jargon like this:

2. jargon: -noun, unintelligible or meaningless talk or writing; gibberish.

Joomla!'s roots go back a few years, and it definitely has a language all its own. Seasoned veterans are fluent in Joomla! jargon, but for "newbies", that second definition is probably the most appropriate definition for what Joomla! jargon really is. For that reason, I have decided to attempt to compile a list of the most commonly used words and/or phrases in Joomla!, and give them a definition that actually means something to a non-veteran Joomla! user.

Written by Eddie Tabush

If you follow Joomla! news, you no doubt heard that Joomla! 1.5 beta was released on October 12 (or October 13, depending on what time zone you live in). This is great news for anyone using Joomla!, because it means that we are close to the stable release of version 1.5. I am extremely excited about this new version for several reasons, but as a designer, there is one main reason for my excitement.

That reason can be summed up in three words: no more tables! The new templating system for J!1.5 enables designers to override the default html output of the core Joomla! components and modules. This means that those pesky tables included in the default output can be a thing of the past, which means improved accessibility, more standards-compliant websites, and better SEO.

This new templating system, greater ease of extensibility (3rd party developers will have an improved framework for building components, modules, and plugins), and a growing, dynamic community make Joomla! the best CMS on the market. The possibilities of what can be done with Joomla! are limitless!

Written by Eddie Tabush